Cautionary tale from Robbie Keane debut


It is more than six weeks since Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate played and a little over five weeks since Yosuke Ideguchi took the field.  That is an equivalent period to the close season in Scotland.  Consider all three to be in the same physical condition as the squad on their first preseason outing.

The return to full training of Jota and James Forrest are both hugely welcome, but both fall into the same category as our new signings from Japan.  Expect too much from them tonight and we could exacerbate our injury problems.

The bulk of the heavy lifting tonight will be done by the squad that was in place and fit before the transfer window opened.  Tom Rogic singlehandedly destroyed Hibernian when the teams met at Easter Road earlier in the season, so much will fall on his shoulders again tonight.

When you are six points adrift, the next game is always your biggest game of the season.  Need I remind you of the elation ahead of Robbie Keane’s debut away to Kilmarnock on 2010?  A raft of new signings full of confidence joined Robbie on the bus to Ayrshire that night, the title race was all but over before the headed home.

The team will need all our support and patience tonight.

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    Quite right Paul, although those who dare to publish an air of caution on here are usually ambushed.

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  3. JHB on 17TH JANUARY 2022 3:17 PM



    “Quite right Paul, although those who dare to publish an air of caution on here are usually ambushed.”



    No they aren’t. Reasoned caution with well-considered reasoning has been welcomed on here since the site came into being.



    Anxiety-inducing, doom-laden posting less so

  4. Yes, lots of work to be done before our new bhoys and injured bhoys gel as the first class team I expect them to be.



    So the tried and testing to do “the heavy lifting tonight”



    Quite a challenge they’ll have – a well drilled and hungry Hibernian will be their opponents this evening.



    Should be a grand game.






    Excellent reply to GALLAGHER.



    The point has always been that that Covid targets the elderly, frail or those with underlying conditions and complications.



    Strangley enough my son sent me this link t’uther day as he was surprised that more than 17,000 people had died from Covid-19 alone.





    I has to agree with him, though why he had to send it to me when I was in bed with Covid suffering from pneumonia type symptoms I don’t know;))



    Celtic 3-2 Hibs



    Hail Hail

  5. Should have made it clear that the 17,000 is under 65s that have died from Covid alone.



    Hail Hail

  6. I’m very much looking forward to seeing our team after another three weeks of Ange working with them on the training ground, with some fresh faces bringing some new energy.



    I wonder if there’s any chance of seeing GG?



    It won’t be an easy game, Hibs will be full of running, but it should be a good one

  7. CHAIRBHOY @ 3:37 PM,



    Scratch that the 17,000 is the total, yet still a high number under 65.



    Hail Hail

  8. prestonpans bhoys on

    The chariot from Prestonpans leaves 4:45, you never know with that bloody bypass, how long it takes. If the traffic is light, then time for a 🍺🍺around CP👏👏👏

  9. Springy Vaults closed tonight due to table service rules,which i think expire at midnight….

  10. On this day in history Jan 17th 1976;



    Another cracker was served up on this day in 1976 as the Hoops travelled to Muirton Park to play St Johnstone and John Lambie put the home side ahead after 17 minutes. Kenny Dalglish equalised only for Bobby Thomson to put the home side in the lead once more before Dixie Deans levelled it at 2-2 just before the break. The second half had hardly started when Gordon Cramond put the Saints 3-2 ahead. In the 70th minute, Roddy MacDonald made it 3-3 and with just a minute to go, Johannes Edvaldsson clinched the game when he made it 4-3 to Celtic







  11. Hi Bhoys and Ghirls I’m in Glasgow tonight just wondering if any Celtic friendly bars in the city centre are showing the game any help is very much appreciated.

  12. First up to visit Celtic Park this year, Shaun Maloney’s Hibernian side make the trip to Paradise on Monday, January 17 as league action resumes in Glasgow.



    For supporters who can’t be at Celtic’s first fixture of 2022, you can still tune in to all the live action from the comfort of home, with StreamDigital’s Pay-per-view option.



    The Celts will be looking to make home advantage count, and the new Bhoys will be looking to make their impact in green and white, and three-points on the table would be the way to kick-off their time in the Hoops!



    It’s a 7:45pm kick-off on Monday with pay-per-view available to supporters in the UK and Ireland only, priced £12.99.

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Joe Hart is 34.



    Sevco’s no.1 goalie turns 40 this month.



    Tabloid synonyms ….



    Aging / Experienced


    Dithered / Swooped


    Inexperienced / Promising


    Bloated squad / Cover in all positions


    Inconsistent / Mercurial



    Pick a club.

  14. Keep your sub keeper happy, fine.



    You will never have a first team top standard keeper happy to be on the bench. You really want to have a happy sub keeper who’ll give you everything when asked to. Bain fits this mould.




    Whether you’re going or not tonight, try and enjoy it.







    Re. Scott Bain


    Hopefully not the same coaching staff that told Hjelde to put weight on !!!

  16. I believe It’s on the Pass for paradise as well if anyone cannot make it and has a season ticket.



    D :)

  17. JHB



    “an air of caution”????






    Oh! you are a caution!



    You weren’t cautious anything. You were convinced we would be lucky to finish higher than 3rd. Not a lot has changed since then. We have the same manager and most of the same squad.



    Sevco have mostly the same squad and maybe a slight improvement from change of manager.



    And our points gap is as large as it has ever been with both teams having played the same amount of games.



    Yet you are of the opinion that we now have a chance, albeit a small one, in this title race.



    Which opinion do you express with most confidence?

  18. !!BADA BING!! on 17TH JANUARY 2022 3:11 PM


    Springy Vaults closed tonight due to table service rules,which i think expire at midnight….



    Springy vaults had table service! The thought brings a smile.🤣🤣


    Will maybe get the crown creighton walking over from looking forward to this




  19. One of the most attractive fixtures on the sporting calendar particularly after the winter break with so much attention focused on Maloney, Hibs new manager and Ange’s new cohort of signings. It’s bizarre that Sky have ignored this game which will attract a huge crowd regardless. Rugby, Gaa and particularly the EPL this game would undoubtedly be televised.



    Great to hear that the Hoops injury problems are starting to resolve and Ange will rely on his tried and trusted troops to take on a good Hibs outfit. No doubt at some stage he will introduce some of the new lads and may start at least one newcomer. An important 3 points at stake for the Hoops.

  20. Martim1980



    You will never have a first team top standard keeper happy to be on the bench. You really want to have a happy sub keeper who’ll give you everything when asked to. Bain fits this mould.





    Indeed, imagine knowing that you’re on the bench every week? – and exactly the reason we lost Craig Gordon, because he wanted to play every week. We’re lucky to have experienced Scott Bain as No;2 or No; 3 when we eventually offload Barkas.

  21. onenightinlisbon on

    Leo Hjelde on the Lennon regime at Celtic park confirms all our suspicions were accurate.



    “I was told that I had to lose a few kilos to become a Premier League player. You have weight goals, so I was told to lose a few kilos to be at the weight they wanted.



    “At Celtic I was told that I was too light. I ate a little more, and the workouts were nowhere near as hard. It was a shock to come from Scotland. It is a completely different level here. I have received good backing from the club and the players around me.



    Standards under Lennon were non existent, the ten was gone as soon as he was appointed…..

  22. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    5 subs is great news for us, we can set off at 100mph knowing that anyone flagging can be replaced with quality, now that we have a squad our manager is happy with, should be good.



    Having said that, a scrappy 1 nil win tonite would also be good, we will need time to bed the new guys in.

  23. Wasn’t there in person myself but I know of two from this Parish who were there when Robbie Keane was finally unveiled, loanee or no, outside Parkhead’s gates back in the winter of 2010. Not far short of midnight. No confidences will be breached. Not sure if the Vaults was open that historic eve……

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